India’s T20I and Test teams for the forthcoming home series against New Zealand are expected to be named within the next 24 hours. With Virat Kohli stepping down, it is almost probable that Rohit Sharma would take over as captain in T20Is. The greater story is Rohit’s selection as captain for the first Test against New Zealand, with Kohli likely to rest and then take over for the second and final Test. Kohli is also expected to miss the T20I series, along with other experienced players such as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Varun Chakravarthy, who went wicketless in three T20 World Cup matches, could lose his spot to Harshal Patel, who won the Purple Cap in the Indian Premier League’s 2021 edition (IPL).

According to the Times of India, despite a decrease in form during the England tour, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane may be given another shot, while KL Rahul will be named vice-captain for the T20I series. Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar, the World Cup squad’s travelling reserves, would be included in the main squad this time. In the World Cup, Rahul Chahar only played one game, surrendering 30 runs without taking a wicket against Namibia. However, he is anticipated to remain in the squad, with no news on Yuzvendra Chahal’s return as of yet.

In terms of Rohit Sharma being named captain for the first Test, sources close to the situation have clarified that it is merely a temporary measure, with Kohli taking over from the second Test. “Please don’t read too much into Virat’s decision to sit out the first two matches. From the second Test onwards, he will captain the team. The Test team is his, and he’s performed admirably”, according to the sources. On November 17, the three-match T20I series will begin in Jaipur, Ranchi, and Kolkata, respectively, while the Test series will follow on November 25 in Kanpur and Mumbai.